In a response to Greens Senator Larissa Waters’ No Gender December Campaign, The Australian published a photo of her daughter in a pink dress to showcase the supposed double standards surrounding the campaign.
The Australian ran an image from Waters’ Facebook account that showed her six-year-old daughter in a pink outfit with her face blacked out, despite being asked not to publish the image by the senator’s lawyers.
Sen. Larissa Waters has responded to the image, saying her campaign is being misrepresented and that there are no double standards involved.
Waters has said her campaign was never about “pink toys or clothes being bad”.
“My objection is to toys being marketed as just for girls or just for boys, for example, many catalogues at Christmas time categorise toys as ‘gifts for boys’ or ‘gifts for girls’,” she said in a statement to The Guardian.
Mamamia previously wrote…
At this time of the year, many of us are buying children’s gifts (or at least planning to before leaving it to the last minute, like me!).
Walking along the starkly separate aisles of pink and blue, it’s pretty obvious which toys are marketed as for girls and which ones are marketed as for boys.
Although it might seem harmless, setting such stark gender roles at such an early age can have long-term impacts on our children.